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Dr Oliver Socher

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Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance Practice Group in Germany




Dr. Oliver Socher’s practice covers banking and finance and distressed debt matters. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2006, he worked as an associate for a "Magic Circle" law firm in Frankfurt and London. He also worked as an associate for a Wall Street law firm in New York. Dr. Socher studied law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, where he also earned his doctor’s degree in law, and at Fordham School of Law in New York. He was admitted to the German bar in 2001. 


  • English
  • German


  • Fordham University (LL.M.) (2002)
  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Referendar Exam) (1998)

Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing

Within: Lending and borrowing

Clients have ‘good experiences’ with Baker McKenzie’s finance practice, which primarily acts on the banking side and focuses on syndicated loan business, particularly in the area of trade and export financings. Oliver Socher predominantly advises on acquisition finance with additional expertise in asset-based lending. He advised a banking syndicate led by DZ Bank on the financing of the acquisition of multiple hospitals by Vitanas. Other clients include BerlinHyp and ING regarding the refinancing of the Taunusturm in Frankfurt and new client Corestate in connection with several real estate financings and also the takeover of 94.9% of shares in Hannover Leasing. Real estate finance expert Filip Kurkowski, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in July 2016, left the firm again for Ashurst LLP in February 2018.

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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